Mika is a provisional Play Therapist completing her certificate in Play Therapy through Centre for Play Therapy. She is working towards her hours to become a Registered Play Therapist (PTPA).
Mika has a Masters degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy and is a registered counsellor with ACA. She is also currently studying a second masters. Mika has diverse experience working in the disability sector supporting individuals and their families with complex support needs. Mika also has experience in the development and facilitation of psychosexual education programs and supporting young people in LGBTQIA + communities.
WHY PLAY THERAPY?
Early on when I was working with children, I realised that the formal sit-down talk therapy approach often did not with children because they didn’t have the language to express their feelings and thoughts. Play therapy makes sense as a primary therapeutic model to support children because play is their form of communication! I love how versatile and adaptable Play Therapy can be for different presenting issues and across different population groups.
FAVOURITE TOY IN THE PLAYROOM?
I love watching children play and create with imaginative materials like play dough. It’s a versatile toy that is great for emotional regulation and expressing feelings but can also be used to for sensory exploration and relaxation. It can also be used to create a foundation or building block for other toys like miniatures to facilitate story telling.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO WHEN YOU'RE NOT AT WORK?
I am very passionate about food and love to cook in my down time. I also enjoy gardening and spending time outdoors to go on hikes or swims. I love animals and have a big ginger cat named Percy!